DISCOURAGEMENT CAN BECOME THE BIRTHPLACE FOR TRAGEDY.
DISCOURAGEMENT BLINDS US TO GOOD THINGS.
DISCOURAGEMENT LINKS US WITH WRONG PEOPLE. IT CREATES A BOND WITH WRONG PEOPLE
DISCOURAGEMENT IS A SEED FOR LOSS…
DISCOURAGEMENT IS THE FEELING
WE FEEL LIKE WE’VE SOWN MORE SEEDS THAN WE’VE REAPED A HARVEST.
Galatians 6:9 Let us not lose heart in doing good, for in due time we will reap if we do not grow weary.
WE GET DISCOURAGE WHEN WE FEEL LIKE REACHING HAS NOT PRODUCED A REWARD. OUR WORK HAS NOT BEEN RECOGNIZED ETC
Prov 13:12 Hope deferred makes the heart sick, But desire fulfilled is a tree of life.
DISCOUAGEMENT IS A LOSS OF SIGNIFICANCE.
YOU FEEL DUMB,
YOU TRUSTED SOMEONE YOU SHOULDN’T HAVE TRUSTED.
YOU WASTED TIME THAT YOU FEEL LIKE IS GONE
YOU FEEL LIKE YOU’VE SET GOALS THAT ARE IMPOSSIBLE TO REACH
ABRAHAM LINCOLN SAID, “SUCCESS IS THE ABILITY TO GO FROM FAILURE TO FAILURE WITHOUT LOOSING YOUR ENTHUSIASM”
SCRIPTURAL EXAMPLES OF PEOPLE WHO ENTERED SEASONS OF GREAT DISPARE.
MICAH THE PROPHET, “The best of men is like a briar” 7:4
DAVID, WHY SO DOWNCAST OH MY SOUL?
WHEN YOU ARE DISCOURAGED YOU DON’T MIND YOUR ENEMY WINNING.
Psalm 73:2 But as for me, my feet were almost gone; my steps had well nigh slipped. 3 For I was envious at the foolish, when I saw the prosperity of the wicked. 4 For there are no bands in their death: but their strength is firm. 5 They are not in trouble as other men; neither are they plagued like other men.
7 Their eyes stand out with fatness: they have more than heart could wish. 8 They are corrupt, and speak wickedly concerning oppression: they speak loftily. 9 They set their mouth against the heavens, and their tongue walks through the earth.
12 Behold, these are the ungodly, who prosper in the world; they increase in riches. 13 Verily I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocency. 14 For all the day long have I been plagued, and chastened every morning.
16 When I thought to know this, it was too painful for me;
17 Until I went into the sanctuary of God; then I understood their end.
18 Surely thou didst set them in slippery places:
19 How are they brought into desolation, as in a moment!
they are utterly consumed with terrors.
21 Thus my heart was grieved, and I was pricked in my reins.
22 So foolish was I, and ignorant: I was as a beast before thee.
25 Whom have I in heaven but thee? and there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. 26 My flesh and my heart fail: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion forever.
28 But as for me, the nearness of God is my good; I have made the Lord God my refuge,
Psalm 77:1 My voice rises to God, and I will cry aloud; My voice rises to God, and He will hear me. 2 In the day of my trouble I sought the Lord
DISCOURAGEMENT LAUNCHES WITHIN YOU A PASSION FOR CHANGE
In the night my hand was stretched out without weariness; My soul refused to be comforted. 3 When I remember God, then I am disturbed; When I sigh, then my spirit grows faint. 4 You have held my eyelids open; I am so troubled that I cannot speak. 5 I have considered the days of old, The years of long ago. 6 I will remember my song in the night; I will meditate with my heart, And my spirit ponders: 7 Will the Lord reject forever? And will He never be favorable again? 8 Has His lovingkindness ceased forever? Has His promise come to an end forever? 9 Has God forgotten to be gracious, Or has He in anger withdrawn His compassion? 10 Then I said, “It is my grief,
11 I will remember the works of the Lord: surely I will remember thy wonders of old. 12 I will meditate also of all thy work, and talk of thy doings.
13 Thy way, O God, is in the sanctuary: who is so great a God as our God?
DISCOURAGEMENT SHOULD NEVER BE TRIVIALIZED.
THINGS WE NEED TO DO WHEN WE GET DISCOURAGED
RE-EXAMIN THE REASONS FOR YOUR BELIEF.